Auburn University enrolls record number of National Merit Scholars

AUBURN – Auburn University more than doubled its number of newly enrolled National Merit Scholars this year, the university’s Office of Enrollment Services announced today.

Auburn enrolled 133 new scholars this summer and fall, which more than doubles last year’s number of 64. In the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s 2009 annual report, only six public institutions nationally enrolled more than 133 scholars. The organization will release its 2010 annual report in January.

“This important achievement is a result of Auburn’s Strategic Plan, which specifically targets students who excel academically,” Provost Mary Ellen Mazey said. “We want to continue attracting many of the nation’s top students to Auburn each year.”

Auburn’s 133 National Merit Scholars are from 20 states and are enrolled in nine of Auburn’s 10 undergraduate colleges and schools. The university had 28 National Merit Scholars in 2007, 31 in 2008 and 64 in 2009.

“With the Board of Trustees’ and university’s commitment to academic quality and scholarships, Auburn is now able to offer competitive scholarship packages to National Merit Scholars,” Director of University Scholarships Velda Rooker said. “That, along with the quality of Auburn’s faculty and nationally ranked programs, has allowed us to attract a number of National Merit Scholars that few institutions can match.”

National Merit Scholars at Auburn receive scholarship and housing packages and the Auburn Academic Guarantee, which includes automatic admission to the Honors College. These students are eligible for a university stipend for four years, depending on eligibility as determined by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or by financial need as determined through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is an independent, not-for-profit organization that conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Achievement Scholarship Program as annual competitions for recognition and undergraduate scholarships.

More information about Auburn’s program for National Merit Scholars is available at http://www.auburn.edu/scholarship/national-scholars.html. General information about Auburn University scholarships is available at http://www.auburn.edu/scholarship.

(Written by Charles Martin.)

Contact: Deedie Dowdle, (334) 844-9999 (ddowdle@auburn.edu), or
Charles Martin, (334) 844-9999 (marticd@auburn.edu)